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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B-
Claremont McKenna is an elite private college located in Claremont, California in the Los Angeles Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,337 undergraduate students. Admissions is extremely competitive as the Claremont McKenna acceptance rate is only 9%. Popular majors include Economics, Political Science and Government, and Research and Experimental Psychology. Graduating 93% of students, Claremont McKenna alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $55,900.
888 Columbia Ave
Claremont, CA 91711
About Claremont McKenna College...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Claremont McKenna College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
9%
Application Deadline
January 5
SAT Range
1350-1500
ACT Range
31-34
Application Fee
$70
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$26,512/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$45,233/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
57%

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
8:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
96%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.26 responses
82%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.28 responses
67%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.27 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,337Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
19%
Varsity Athletes
40%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 13 responses
Report
  • Econ "bro" that's probably "studying abroad" in DC
    38%
  • Future consultant hoping to get super rich
    31%
  • Driven
    15%
  • Outgoing
    8%
  • Upper-middle class white boys
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
96%
of students say they don't have Greek life.24 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.34 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 11 responses
Report
  • Econ Majors
    45%
  • Go-getters
    18%
  • Home away from home
    18%
  • Bros and valedictorians
    9%
  • Super rich kids
    9%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$72,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
93%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
70%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.10 responses
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Claremont Mckenna College is an amazing academic institution. Every student here is so passionate and loves to learn. Claremont has an incredible, close knit-community that is incredibly supportive. My professors all are so kind and involved. I love CMC! Sko nas!
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First off, there is such a welcoming, tight-knit community on campus. At first, I was a bit worried about how small the school is, but I've grown to love it. I'm always making new friends and forming special bonds with classmates that I wouldn't have had at a larger school. Yes, there is a party scene here, but there's no pressure to conform. The students are very respectful, understanding, and caring here. We just have a work hard, play hard mentality and a generally outgoing student body. Also, the school truly does an amazing job at preparing its students for their future careers by challenging them to emerge as leaders and critical thinkers. The students that come to CMC are passionate, hard-working, and driven, and being surrounded by such people is incredibly inspirational. Coming to CMC was one of the best choices I've made. It really is a home away from home.
Where do I begin, I have so much to say about how much I love this school. When I first came to Claremont McKenna, I feared that it would be difficult to make friends as it is such a small school. However, the first day shocked me completely. Everyone was so freaking nice, like unbelievably nice. In the last 3 months of being here, I know about 250/360 kids in my class, and of course a lot of upperclassmen. The party scene here is exactly what I want from a school ,inclusivity, but everyone definitely shares a work hard, play hard mentality. We know how to party, but we also know how to be the scholarly students we got in here for being. The party scene truly is spectacular. The dining hall food is amazing. Sports teams are great as 1/3 of the student body participates in sports There are pretty much a million ways to get involved on campus. I want to continue rambling about how much I love it here, but I also have an econ quiz tomorrow, but I hope that helps. S'GO STAGTHENAS!